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Biographical entry Cunningham, Ian Cameron (1939 - 2017)

22 May 1939
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
19 March 2017
Cairns, Queensland, Australia


Ian Cunningham was an agricultural entomologist who for nearly 40 years worked for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock (later Primary Industries), starting as a cadet in the 1950s and ultimately becoming one of three Supervising Entomologists in the Entomology Branch, being based in Mareeba with responsibility for the northern half of the State. His early research was on tobacco pests including work on insecticide screening and the economic impact of these pests. As the tobacco industry declined Cunningham turned to mango and coffee diseases and pests. His book guide Biology and management of field pests of mangoes (c.1991) is considered the definitive field guide. In the 1990s he had a significant role, with colleagues from CSIRO and the Queensland Museum, in planning the 2-year insect survey component of the Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy.



Education - MAgrSc, University of Queensland
Education - PhD, University of Queensland

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Fay, Harry and Monteith, Geoff, 'Ian Cameron Cunningham 22 May 1939 - 19 March 2017', Entomological Society of Queensland newsletter, 45 (7) (2017), 128-31. Details

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